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The Notre Dame throws group has shown dramatic growth during the past four years, due in no small part to the presence of B.J. Linnenbrink on the Irish coaching staff.

One of the top young track & field throws coaches in the country, Linnenbrink is in his fifth season at Notre Dame. Since joining the Irish program just after the beginning of the 2002-03 season, Linnenbrink has coached 13 all-BIG EAST Conference selections, including 2005 BIG EAST hammer throw champion Chip Roberts, and he has been a part of five BIG EAST Coaching Staffs of the Year (men's indoor - 2003, 2005; men's outdoor - 2003, 2006; women's indoor - 2006).

Linnenbrink also has seen his Irish throwers advance to the NCAA Mideast Regional 11 times in the past four seasons, with two qualifying for USATF competition (javelin throwers Derek Goguen in '03 [juniors], and Laura Huarte in '06). In addition, the Notre Dame top 10 lists in virtually every throwing event have been radically altered in recent years, with Linnenbrink's pupils currently holding down nine top-10 efforts on the men's side and a staggering 26 top-10 performances on the women's side.

Included in that count are two school records, with Huarte's javelin toss of 47.00m (154-2) at the '06 Mount SAC Relays, highlighting a season that saw Huarte register the top four javelin marks in school history. Huarte finished with five of Notre Dame's top 10 all-time javelin throws, following in the footsteps of Kate Duman, who has the other five top-10 marks for the Irish, including the former school record (43.56m, 142-11) before Huarte surged into the top spot.

The other school record holder to emerge in '06 was hammer thrower Kyle Annen. With Linnenbrink providing expert guidance, Annen improved his personal best by more than 18 feet during the course of the season, topping out with a Notre Dame-record toss of 201-8 (61.46m) en route to a runner-up finish at the BIG EAST Championship (leading to his second consecutive all-conference citation).

As it turned out, the Irish men's throwers proved to be the difference in Notre Dame's comeback victory at the '06 BIG EAST Outdoor Championship. In addition to Annen's heave, classmate Garet Koxlien uncorked a career-best throw of 57.35m (188-2) that was not only the eighth-longest in school history, but also locked up third-place (and all-BIG EAST) honors. The tandem of Annen and Koxlien wound up collecting 14 vital team points that sealed Notre Dame's fourth BIG EAST men's outdoor title (and third in the past four years).

A former NCAA and USATF championship qualifier in the weight throw at Florida State, Linnenbrink owns the FSU school record in the weight throw (20.91m, 68-7 1/4) and ranks among the top 10 in Seminoles' history in the hammer throw (59.48m, 195-2). He earned all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors in '02 as well.

Before his successful two-year stint at Florida State, Linnenbrink dominated at the junior college level, earning two NJCAA All-America honors at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan. In his two years at Johnson County, Linnenbrink also collected seven all-Jayhawk East Conference awards.

Linnenbrink graduated from Florida State in 2002 with a bachelor of science degree in physical education. In '06, he earned his master of science degree in physical education from Emporia State. Linnenbrink and his wife, the former Monica Hardy, were married July 31, 2004.

B.J. Linnenbrink
B.J.  Linnenbrink

Position:
Assistant Coach - Throws

Alma Mater:
Florida State '02

Event Calendar

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December 2
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Blue & Gold Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
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Blue & Gold Invitational Meet Information
Blue & Gold Invitational Schedule
January 14
11:00 AM
Illini Classic
Champaign, Ill. (University of Illinois-Armory)
January 21
11:00 AM
Notre Dame Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.

Notre Dame Invitational Meet Information
Notre Dame Invitational Schedule
January 28
10:00 AM
Big Ten/Power 5 Clash
Iowa City, Iowa (University of Iowa-Recreation Bldg.)
February 3
10:00 AM
Meyo Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.

Meyo Invitational Meet Information
Meyo Invitational Schedule
February 4
10:00 AM
Meyo Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 10
12:00 PM
Spire D-I Invitational
Geneva, Ohio (Spire Institute)
February 10
12:00 PM
Tiger Paw Invitational
Clemson, S.C. (Clemson University-Indoor Track & Field Complex)
February 10
12:00 PM
Iowa State Classic
Ames, Iowa (Iowa State University-Lied Recreation Center)
February 11
12:00 PM
Iowa State Classic
Ames, Iowa (Iowa State University-Lied Recreation Center)
February 11
12:00 PM
Tiger Paw Invitational
Clemson, S.C. (Clemson University-Indoor Track & Field Complex)
February 11
12:00 PM
Spire D-I Invitational
Geneva, Ohio (Spire Institute)
February 18
10:00 AM
Alex Wilson Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 23
11:00 AM
ACC Indoor Championships
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 24
11:00 AM
ACC Indoor Championships
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 25
11:00 AM
ACC Indoor Championships
Notre Dame, Ind.
March 10
5:00 PM
NCAA Indoor Championships
College Station, Texas (Texas A&M-Gilliam Indoor Stadium)
March 11
5:00 PM
NCAA Indoor Championships
College Station, Texas (Texas A&M-Gilliam Indoor Stadium)
March 18
11:00 AM
Yellow Jacket Invitational
Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Tech-George C. Griffin Track)
March 24
12:00 PM
Raleigh Relays
Raleigh, N.C. (NC State-Paul Derr Track)
March 25
12:00 PM
Raleigh Relays
Raleigh, N.C. (NC State-Paul Derr Track)
March 30
10:00 AM
Texas Relays
Austin, Texas (University of Texas-Mike Meyers Stadium)
March 31
10:00 AM
Texas Relays
Austin, Texas (University of Texas-Mike Meyers Stadium)
March 31
10:00 AM
Stanford Invitational
Palo Alto, Calif. (Stanford University-Cobb Track)
April 1
10:00 AM
Stanford Invitational
Palo Alto, Calif. (Stanford University-Cobb Track)
April 1
10:00 AM
Texas Relays
Austin, Texas (University of Texas-Mike Meyers Stadium)
April 7
11:00 AM
Sun Angel Track Classic
Tempe, Ariz. (Arizona State University-Sun Angel Track)
April 8
11:00 AM
Sun Angel Track Classic
Tempe, Ariz. (Arizona State University-Sun Angel Track)
April 15
12:00 PM
ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Louisville, Ky. (University of Louisville-Cardinal Park)
April 21
10:00 AM
Virginia Challenge
Charlottesville, Va. (University of Virginia-Lannigan Field)
April 22
10:00 AM
Virginia Challenge
Charlottesville, Va. (University of Virginia-Lannigan Field)
April 22
11:00 AM
Michael Johnson Invitational
Waco, Texas (Baylor University-Clyde Hart T&F Stadium)
April 27
1:00 PM
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa. (University of Penn-Ben Franklin Field)
April 28
12:00 PM
Gina Relays
Hillsdale, Mich. (Hillsdale College-Ken Herrick Track)
April 28
1:00 PM
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa. (University of Penn-Ben Franklin Field)
April 29
12:00 PM
Gina Relays
Hillsdale, Mich. (Hillsdale College-Ken Herrick Track)
April 29
1:00 PM
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa. (University of Penn-Ben Franklin Field)
May 6
3:00 PM
Billy Hayes Invitational
Bloomington, Ind. (Indiana University-Haugh Track Complex)
May 12
6:00 PM
ACC Outdoor Championships
Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Tech-George C. Griffin Track)
May 13
6:00 PM
ACC Outdoor Championships
Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Tech-George C. Griffin Track)
May 14
6:00 PM
ACC Outdoor Championships
Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Tech-George C. Griffin Track)
May 25
3:00 PM
NCAA East Regional
Lexington, Ky. (University of Kentucky-UK Track)
May 26
3:00 PM
NCAA East Regional
Lexington, Ky. (University of Kentucky-UK Track)
May 27
3:00 PM
NCAA East Regional
Lexington, Ky. (University of Kentucky-UK Track)
June 7
1:00 PM
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore. (University of Oregon-Hayward Field)
June 8
1:00 PM
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore. (University of Oregon-Hayward Field)
June 9
1:00 PM
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore. (University of Oregon-Hayward Field)
June 10
1:00 PM
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore. (University of Oregon-Hayward Field)

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